You're sitting too much

Sitting in itself isn't bad for you, but sitting for prolonged periods may weaken the muscles utilized for balance, particularly the muscles around the ankles and hips.

You're not exercising regularly

A sedentary lifestyle can cause balance issues, as regular exercise is crucial for maintaining muscle strength and joint flexibility.

You're not maintaining good posture

Slouching or leaning affects your center of gravity. Like sitting, this usually isn't a problem unless it becomes a daily habit, which may create adaptations over time that will challenge your balance.

You're wearing improper footwear

Choose footwear with good arch support and a proper fit to enhance your stability—especially if you spend lots of time on your feet.

You're ignoring health problems

Any issues with these body systems should be immediately explored and treated if you're at risk for falls or just want to mitigate your risks for developing balance issues.

You're not drinking enough water

Your body is mostly made up of water. You use the water content from food and drinks to closely regulate your blood volume.

overindulging in unhealthy food and beverages

Excessive consumption of unhealthy foods and alcohol can cause weight gain and impair cognitive function, both of which affect balance.

You're skipping meals

Try to avoid long periods without food if you know you're susceptible to low blood pressure or blood sugar or if you're at risk for falls.

Ignoring the side effects of medications

When taken together, some medications may amplify or attenuate the effects of others. Always follow the advice of a physician when implementing pharmacological interventions.

Relying on support when walking

Overuse of assistive devices like canes or walkers may lead to dependency and weaken the muscles in the lower body over time.